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2014 Ferguson Kansas History Book Award
Deadline: July 1, 2014

The Ferguson Award was created in 2000 to dovetail into the Lyons History Book Award which ended
with the home going of Ruth Lyons. Patricia Ferguson served as President of the Kansas Authors Club from
2002 -2003 and hosted the convention in Emporia in 1998. She also served as vice-president of the 0rganization
from 2000 - 2001. During this time she was executor of the Coffin Book Award.

The Coffin Book Award is open to fiction, non-fiction, history, poetry, etc. and Patricia thought it best to have an
award exclusively for Kansas history since the conclusion of the Lyons series left this area open. The rules, therefore,
for the FKHBA are the same as the original Lyons rules, with the one exception being the inclusion of church histories
which were disallowed under the Lyons rules. Other than this, though, the rules for the award are the same and will
remain so. The winners of the Lyons series and the FKHBA are archived in the Spencer Research Library at the
University of Kansas.

by George Ferguson


Please print and mail this provided
Ferguson Kansas History Book Award entry form (PDF)
with your entry. A PDF viewer is available for free download online from Adobe.

Ferguson Kansas History Book Award
Funded by Patricia K. Ferguson – from 2001
Deadline: July 1, 2014

2014 Rules for Competition are downloadable as a PDF file and are printed below:

RULES FOR COMPETITION:

  1. The contest is open to any Kansas resident (KAC members and non-members).
  2. Subject: Kansas History. This may be a history of the state, a county, a city, church, school, institution, an industry, a way of life or any FACTUAL account of any phase of Kansas history. NO FICTION. NOT A GENEALOGY.
  3. The entry must have been published within the two years prior to June 1 of the current year. The book may be either privately or commercially published.
  4. The book must be the original work of the entrant, minimum of 5,000 words, and must make a significant contribution to Kansas history.
  5. No entry fee is required.
  6. The winner will receive $100.00.
  7. Two copies of the winning book are to be donated: 1) a copy for the Patricia K. Ferguson library collection; and 2) a copy for the KAC Library at Spencer Research Library at KU in Lawrence.
  8. The award will be presented to the winner at the 2014 Annual Convention and Writers Conference in Hutchinson on Saturday, October 11, 2014. If the winner is unable to attend, the award will be mailed.
  9. Mail one copy of your book by July 1, 2014 to:
        Ferguson Kansas History Book Competition
        PO Box 679
        DeSoto, KS 66018
        913-602-0438
  10. Postage for the return of the book after the judging must accompany the entry.
  11. If it is the decision of the judge that none of the entries make a significant contribution to Kansas history, no prize will be awarded.



Award Winners:

2013   Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned
Glen Ediger, Non-KAC member
2012    No award given
2011    Holy Ground, Healing Water: Cultural Landscapes at Waconda Lake, Kansas (Environmental History Series)
Donald J. Blakeslee, Non-member, Wichita
2010    My Flint Hills Childhood, Growing up in 1930s Kansas
Gail Lee Martin, District 5, El Dorado, KS

2009    Small Town Showdown
Eileen Umbehr, District 4, Alma, KS

2007   By Thy Strengthening Grace: A Brief History of the First One Hundred Years of the Bahá’í Faith
in Topeka, 1906-2006

Duane L. Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, KS
2006   Gathering at the Golden Gate: Mobilizing for War in the Philippines, 1898
Stephen D. Coats, Ph.D., non-member, Lansing, KS
2005   The Lady Is a Veterinarian
Lesley Ann Gentry, District 6, Beloit

2004   The Secret Danites: Kansas' First Jayhawkers,
Todd Mildfelt, Non-member, Richmond

2003    no Furguson Award bestowed

2002   Golden Age, Dust Bowl, Great Depression,
Ellen May Stanley
, District 7, Dighton

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